The news this month includes several articles about the dangers migrants encounter throughout the world, and coverage of notable government, citizen, and artist efforts to support and aid migrants. In addition, there are a number of southern Arizona stories, documenting literacy education for immigrant women, public demands to close private detention centers in the state, and the continuing defeat of SB 1070.
- From The New York Times (10/4/16), an article about anti-bias training for immigration judges: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/us/us-immigration-judges-bias.html?emc=edit_th_20161005&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=68564230&_r=0.
- From the Arizona Daily Star (10/3/16), a description of a Literacy Connects program in Tucson, Women RISE, aiding migrant and refugee women in English literacy and job readiness: http://tucson.com/business/refugees-immigrants-get-work-ready-through-new-program/article_040ece56-bcf0-52ee-8836-f9fbb43477cf.html.
- From The New York Times (9/30/16), coverage of how the backlog of citizenship applications has impacted voter registration as the U.S. presidential election approaches: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/01/us/thousands-eager-to-vote-wont-become-citizens-in-time.html?emc=edit_th_20161001&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=68564230.
- From the Los Angeles Times (9/29/16), coverage of graves found in Mexico, attesting to the harrowing fates of desaparecidos and the rule of drug cartels and corrupt officials in many parts of the country: http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-missing-20160929-snap-story.html.
- From The New York Times (9/29/16), an article about the separation of Haitian families with the recent suspension of U.S. temporary humanitarian relief: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/30/world/americas/haiti-united-states-deport-mexico.html?rref=collection/byline/kirk-semple&action=click&contentCollection=undefined®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection&_r=3.
- From the Daily Mail (9/29/16), photos of remains and unclaimed possessions from migrants who did not survive the journey (please be forewarned that some of these images from the Pima County morgue in Tucson, AZ are very disturbing): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3815112/Pictures-possessions-people-died-crossing-Mexico-border.html.
- From The New York Times (9/28/16), a video documenting the dangers faced by migrants crossing to Greece in flimsy boats and the Coast Guard’s efforts to save them from drowning at sea: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/28/opinion/4-1-miles.html.
- From The News-Gazette of Central Illinois (9/23/16), a profile of a college student, the daughter of immigrants, who interned with the Tucson-based Colibrí Center for Human Rights and supports migrants and their families through her volunteer work: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2016-09-23/shes-not-trying-fix-border-just-helping-out.html.
- From The New York Times (9/21/16), a report on the recent study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine which reveals that immigrants are not negatively impacting employment and wages in the U.S.: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/us/immigrants-arent-taking-americans-jobs-new-study-finds.html?emc=edit_th_20160922&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=68564230.
- From The Guardian (9/20/16), a piece about a new U.S.–Mexico agreement to remove obstacles to healthcare and education access for U.S.-born children now living in Mexico after being deported: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/20/us-born-children-mexico-bureaucratic-obstacles.
- From the Washington Office on Latin America (10/2016), personal testimony from a 14-year-old Honduran girl about the violence she endured and fled, only to face further dangers and threats in Mexico: https://vimeo.com/183338500.
- From The New York Times (9/17/16), an editorial about a California plan to allow immigrants to purchase health insurance on the state’s marketplace: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/opinion/californias-nifty-idea-on-immigrant-health-care.html?emc=edit_th_20160918&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=68564230.
- From the Los Angeles Times (9/15/16), an update on Arizona’s SB 1070 and an end to its requirement that local police target suspected undocumented immigrants: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-arizona-law-20160915-snap-story.html.
- From Arizona Public Media/NPR (9/15/16), an article and audio about more than 300 human rights groups demanding the closure of Arizona’s five private detention centers, with commentary from KBI Director of Education and Advocacy Joanna Williams: https://news.azpm.org/s/41937-human-rights-groups-say-close-immigrant-private-prisons-in-arizona/.
- From the United Nations Human Rights Council (9/12/16), a video of actors reciting the moving poem “What They Took With Them” by Jennifer Toksvig, inspired by refugee stories and released on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNHCR/videos/10155411388398438/.
- From Dezeen Magazine (9/9/16), plans for a bi-national city at the U.S.–Mexico border from architect Fernando Romero, to be built over the next 12 years: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/09/border-city-binational-conceptual-masterplan-mexico-usa-fernando-romero-london-design-biennale/.
- From The Guardian (9/6/16), an account of the distressing experiences faced by African and Asian immigrants as they travel through Mexico to the U.S.: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/sep/06/mexico-african-asian-migration-us-exit-permit.
From Fronteras (9/6/16), news of the first dental school at the U.S.–Mexico border, to open in 2020: http://fronterasdesk.org/content/10414/first-dental-school-us-mexico-border-open-2020